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Category: Fifa

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Empty seats at Uruguay’s World Cup win over Egypt spark Fifa investigation

• Thousands of seats unfilled at match in Ekaterinburg• World Cup organisers looking into reasons behind itFifa is investigating after thousands of seats were left unfilled for Uruguay’s World Cup match against Egypt in Ekaterinburg.José Giménez proved…

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FA in talks with home nations over UK-wide bid to host 2030 World Cup

• Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland would host with England• Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay will submit rival joint bidThe Football Association has held secret talks with the other home nations about the possibility of a joint bid for the 2030 Worl…

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FA ponders 2030 World Cup bid after declaring confidence in voting process

• Uefa president praises England for mending ‘arrogant’ image• FA to assess pros and cons of bidding during the next yearThe chances of England hosting the 2030 World Cup have been vastly improved by transparency around voting for Fifa tournaments and …

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World Cup beauty and outrage takes on the dizzying oddity of Russia | Barney Ronay

Over the next five weeks the greatest show on earth will again show it has the power to enthral, kicking aside Fifa’s tarnished reputation and the murkiness of Vladimir Putin’s regimeWelcome, once again, to the world. Eight years, $19bn and two terms i…

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Fifa’s World Cup: a quadrennial guilty pleasure that is difficult to deny | Aubrey Bloomfield

Amid the pageantry and sense of spectacle it is becoming increasingly hard to stomachThe World Cup happens every four years. And each time many fans who pay close attention to the intersection of sports and politics could be forgiven for experiencing f…

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Money talks for Fifa as Morocco pays price for Infantino’s expansion plan | David Conn

North American bid was the rational choice to host the 2026 World Cup but it is difficult to see less privileged countries ever getting the opportunity nowSafe, rational and bountifully lucrative as the Fifa decision is to have the 2026 World Cup hoste…

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Three hosts, 48 teams: how the 2026 World Cup will work

USA, Canada and Mexico will host the 2026 World Cup. Here’s what it means for the tournament and for qualificationFifa’s decision to award the united bid from the USA, Canada and Mexico the right to host the 2026 World Cup will bring us a 48-team tourn…

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US, Canada and Mexico beat Morocco in vote to host 2026 World Cup

• Joint bid chosen by Fifa congress in Russia on eve of 2018 event• United 2026 received 134 votes compared to Morocco’s 65The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico after they beat Morocco by a margin of 69 votes to host t…

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World Cup 2026 vote: Fifa nations choose between North America and Morocco – live!

Fifa nations to pick either USA-Mexico-Canada and MoroccoWorld Cup live: Spain uncertainty as Lopetegui takes Madrid job!Tweet Bryan at @BryanAGraham or email him 9.32am BST The Fifa congress has just broken for a half hour, which is the perfect chance…

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World Cup 2026 vote: Fifa nations choose between North America and Morocco – live!

Fifa nations to pick either USA-Mexico-Canada and MoroccoWorld Cup live: Spain uncertainty as Lopetegui takes Madrid job!Tweet Bryan at @BryanAGraham or email him 9.32am BST The Fifa congress has just broken for a half hour, which is the perfect chance…

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Morocco receive late boost in their bid to host 2026 World Cup

• Joint USA, Mexico, Canada bid promises higher profit• Belief Donald Trump could alienate some nationsThe race to host the 2026 World Cup finals was too close to call, according to Fifa insiders, as Morocco received a late boost to their hopes with th…

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Fifa’s Gianni Infantino hits rocky ground on 2018 World Cup eve | David Conn

Infantino is threatened by resistance within his own ranks and political volatility worldwide – not least in the ramifications of a vote to host the 2026 tournamentThe World Cup in Russia has sailed into view with a new Fifa captain at the helm, two an…

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World Cup action must not divert from focus on further Fifa corruption | Sean Ingle

A new book, Red Card, tells how US prosecutors exposed racketeering among American football officials – and revives fears that Fifa is being permitted to move on too quicklyThere is a lightbulb moment in Red Card, a gripping new book on how the US…

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Ghana to dissolve football association over bribery allegations

Documentary shows officials allegedly taking kickbacksGhana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi implicated by filmGhana has decided to dissolve its national football association a day after officials, including the body’s president, were shown in a documentar…

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Fifa’s ‘hardline approach’ at World Cup will be to take the money and run | Marina Hyde

Ruling body still seems to care more about ambush marketing and trademarks infringement than racism and homophobiaIt is almost two years since Fifa wound up its anti-racism task force, declaring it had “completely” fulfilled its mission and was therefo…

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Fifa files criminal complaint against ticket site Viagogo

Football governing body acts as part of crackdown on unauthorised World Cup salesFifa has filed a criminal complaint in Switzerland against the ticket website Viagogo as part of a crackdown on unauthorised World Cup sales.The move by football’s world g…

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Fifa report favours North America’s 2026 World Cup bid over ‘high risk’ Morocco

• Morocco bid scores poorly on stadiums and infrastructure• Hosts for 48-team tournament to be chosen on 13 JuneFifa inspectors have awarded North America’s 2026 World Cup bid a significantly higher score than Morocco in an evaluation report, and have …

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VAR to issue retrospective red cards during World Cup matches

• Players can be sent off if incidents are spotted by monitors• ‘This would only be for serious red-card offences’Players at this summer’s World Cup finals could be given red cards for off-the-ball incidents spotted by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR)…

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Jo Fernandes: the Australian woman making World Cup history | Kieran Pender

The Socceroos and their fans will not be the only ones flying the Australian flag at the tournament• Who are you supporting – and how will your team fare?The World Cup in Russia will be a tournament of firsts. It will be the first held in eastern Europ…

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Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli: ‘My project to reshape European football’

European Club Association chairman hits out at Gianni Infantino’s Club World Cup plan and wants a guarantee of more Champions League games for the elite teams and fewer domestic matchesEuropean football’s gilded elite assembling for Saturday’s Champion…